A selection of photos from The Common in the (Eternal) City!

On May 21 The Common’s staff and supporters came together  at NYU’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute for our annual benefit gala–a silent auction, , cocktails and aperitivos, and selections of film and music inspired by a night in Italy. Alexander Chee curated the playlist; Brooklyn Brewery, Van Brunt StillhousePagani, and Spirited provided refreshments; and The New Yorker’s Larissa Macfarquhar moderated a conversation with filmmaker and author Antonio Monda on place, art, travel, and identity. We auctioned off dozens of author postcards, luxury goods, and literary opportunities.

Thank you so much to everyone who came out in support of The Common! We so enjoyed spending the evening with you, gathered in a common place to share stories–and create new ones–in the spirit of our publication.

Roma Photo Marathon 2015

On Sunday May 17th my sister and I did the first Roma photo marathon, was a pretty great experience.

Is basically a contest to win photographic material, travels and more.
We spent 9 hours (or actually more), trying to capture as much great photos as possible for 9 different themes that were addressed to the partecipants.
That day

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Amtrak’s mobile writers’ residencies sound beneficial for trains and literature at once–our two favorites! 

And Alexander Chee, who first planted the idea with Jessica Gross and thus Amtrak, is running the playlist for our NYC fundraising gala The Common in the (Eternal) City on May 21. Maybe some tunes for Italian train travel? We’ll see you there!

For auction at our benefit gala on 5/21: a one-night stay in a Deluxe Room at NYC's Library Hotel!

“The Library Hotel concept is inspired by the Dewey Decimal system. Each of the 10 guestroom floors honors one of the 10 categories of the Dewey Decimal System and each of the 60 rooms is uniquely adorned with a collection of books and art exploring a distinctive topic within the category it belongs to. Guests are invited to unwind from their urban adventures by enjoying the quiet exploration of over 6,000 books.”

Info and tickets here.

Today we’re watching “Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow,” in which Marcello Mastroianni pines after Sophia Loren (we can’t blame him!) from the Piazza Navona below her apartment. It’s really setting the mood for TC in the (Eternal) City–don’t forget to get your ticket, so you won’t have to pine away com May 21! Tickets and info here.

My name is Odette and I’m the one who talks. Claudine has always been the beautiful one, always smiling and hardly talking. They said that she was stupid, but it wasn’t true.

Certainly she was the easier one to conquer.

Read more of today’s feature, two translated short storied from the book Nella Citta Nuda by Antonio Monda. Monda will be reading at our annual benefit gala, TC in the (Eternal) City, on May 21.